The COPFS Strategic Plan 2015-2018 is published today.
The Plan describes what we aim to deliver over the three-year period and the underlying priorities. These are set against the backdrop of legal reforms, both past and planned, changes in the patterns of criminal behaviour and developments in our business practices.
Each element of this Strategic Plan is designed to support our purpose to secure justice for the people of
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Gamekeeper Mutch was handed a custodial sentence today after being caught trapping and killing a rare wild bird with the use of video cameras.
George Mutch was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each of the four charges, one offence under Section 5(1)(b) and three offences under Section 1(1)(a) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The sentences will run concurrently.
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The Scottish Government has today introduced the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill which will introduce a specific law to combat human trafficking and exploitation for the very first time in
The Bill will clarify and strengthen criminal law by introducing a new single human trafficking offence and increasing the maximum penalty for offenders to life imprisonment.
The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC has today instructed Police Scotland to consider the U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogation as part of the ongoing police investigation into rendition flights.
We have launched written policy guidance on communications sent via social media, to provide clarity on when such communications will amount to criminal conduct.
The guidance is published to ensure there is absolute clarity both in terms our approach and the difference between criminal and non-criminal communications.
At Dumfries Sheriff Court today, Mohammed Shikari from Dundee, was made subject to a confiscation order for £70,000.
In 2012 he plead guilty to involvement in the supply of cannabis. Proceeds of Crime proceedings were then initiated against him and he was unable to account for £70,000. The funds recovered will be re-invested in the community by Scottish Ministers, through the CashBack for Communities programme.
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has asked the Law Officers to remain as Ministers in the Scottish Government following today’s Cabinet reshuffle.
The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC and the Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, are both delighted to continue in their roles.
The Lord Advocate is the ministerial head of COPFS, leading the system of criminal prosecutions and investigation of deaths, and as a Minister of the Scottish Government, acts as its principal legal adviser. The Solicitor General is his deputy and assists him in carrying out his functions.